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Who Vegas is Picking to Win the CFP National Championship

College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy presented by Dr Pepper is seen at Tiger Stadium
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We don’t have to worry about the end of the 2015 college football season just yet. After all, now that the top four teams have been decided, we can turn our attention to the upcoming College Football Playoff. If you take pleasure in simply watching the best teams in the country compete, this year’s tournament should be right up your alley. And if you find the contests more exciting when you have a little skin in the game, you’re in luck as well.

The odds are available and at your service. While the undisputed best team in the land won’t be revealed until the dust settles on this year’s College Football Playoff, that hasn’t stopped the oddsmakers from selecting a favorite. With that in mind, here’s a look at who Vegas has picked to win the CFP National Championship.

4. Michigan State

Shilique Calhoun #89 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after making a play against Iowa
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Odds: +600

While Michigan State’s gritty 16-13 win over Iowa in the Big Ten championship game catapulted them up two spots to No. 3 in the final CFP rankings, the oddsmakers in Vegas aren’t sold on Sparty’s chance of winning the whole thing. However, if you ask us, with an elite coach like Mark Dantanio pulling the strings and a gifted quarterback in Connor Cook running the huddle, Michigan State may very well prove to be this year’s team of destiny.

3. Clemson

Artavis Scott #3 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a play against the North Carolina Tar Heels
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Odds: +550

Despite defeating a very good North Carolina team in the ACC championship game, entering the College Football Playoff sporting a 13-0 mark, and ranking No. 1 in the country, the Clemson Tigers are not the favorites to take home the title. In fact, they’re not even in the top two. If we were quarterback Deshaun Watson, who should be in a position to capture some hardware of his own, we’d use this blatant sign of disrespect as extra motivation moving forward. Who knows, it could be exactly what this Tigers team needs to finish the year on top.

2. Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield throws against Oklahoma State
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Odds: +225

The Oklahoma Sooners may have fallen to the No. 4 spot in the final CFP rankings, but this season’s Big 12 champions enter the College Football Playoff as one of the hottest teams in the country. Led by star quarterback — and Heisman hopeful — Baker Mayfield, the Sooners are putting up 45.8 points per game (third of 128) and have won their last seven contests. If Oklahoma can maintain its current level of play, two more wins are certainly not out of the realm of possibility.

1. Alabama

Running back Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after scoring a touchdown
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Odds: -110

After taking it to the Florida Gators 29-15 in the SEC title game, it should come as no surprise that the Alabama Crimson Tide are the favorites to win this year’s national championship. Nick Saban’s crew, while only ranked No. 2 in the CFP standings, are physical, confident, and experienced. Plus, the Tide have the good fortune of having a running back like Derrick Henry in their corner. When you factor all these things together, it’s no wonder the oddsmakers in Vegas expect the title to roll all the way back to Tuscaloosa.

Odds courtesy of Bovada via oddsshark.

Statistics courtesy of SR/College Football and ESPN.com.